New conservation initiative launched to buy massive Cochamó property in Chilean Patagonia

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Photo: Rodrigo MannsPhoto: Rodrigo Manns

Five local and international organizations launch Conserva Puchegüín, a campaign to raise US$78 million to conserve 133,000 hectares of pristine wild lands in the Cochamó area of southern Chile.

Chile launches a national nature fund

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Chile’s environmment minister, Maisa Rojas, speaking at the launch event on April 4 in Santiago. Photo: Fondo NaturalezaChile’s environmment minister, Maisa Rojas, speaking at the launch event on April 4 in Santiago. Photo: Fondo Naturaleza

By Caterinna Giovannini 
Chile's minister of the environment, Maisa Rojas, together with organizations such as Oceana, WWF, WCS Chile and CONAF, yesterday launched the Chile Nature Fund (Fondo Naturaleza Chile) in Santiago.

Plight of the Pajarada

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Photos: Katrina Pyne for Hakai MagazinePhotos: Katrina Pyne for Hakai Magazine


Editors's note: This story and video were originally published in Hakai Magazine, a publication in Canada that explores science, society and the environment from a coastal perspective. 

In Patagonia, seabirds and artisanal hake fishers have a long-established relationship. Industrial fishers, not so much—and it’s not good for the birds.


By Katrina Pyne and Jude Isabella

Reciprocity is a practice ingrained in balance, seen across many cultures over millennia, and often associated with respect and sustainability. “Give a gift, in reciprocity for what you have taken. Sustain the ones who sustain you and the earth will last forever,” says author Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book Braiding Sweetgrass.


Campaign launched to declare Puelo River a water reserve

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Photo: Andres AmengualPhoto: Andres Amengual


Puelo Patagonia, press release, July 20, 2021 - With a massive call to support the request to legally declare the Puelo River a water reserve, the community of Puelo and Cochamó launched today the campaign #PueloReservadeAgua (#PueloWaterReserve). This initiative seeks to collect 40,000 signatures via the website, in order to send a letter to President Sebastián Piñera, asking him to give urgency to the neighbors' request to reserve the Puelo River for nature conservation and local development.


Jaguars re-inhabit Argentina’s Ibera wetlands after a 70-year absence

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 Mariua and cubs in Iberá. Photo: Tompkins ConservationMariua and cubs in Iberá. Photo: Tompkins Conservation

By Caterinna del Rio Giovannini
Two years after the creation of Gran Iberá Park, located in northern Argentina on the border with Paraguay, Mariua, an adult female jaguar (Panthera onca) and her two cubs, Karai and Porá, only 4-months-old, became the first of their species to set foot in Corrientes province after nearly 70 years of absence.
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